If I had any other job, I might hate birthdays, promotions, retirements, any of those work celebrations that include the dreaded office cake. You all know the cake I’m talking about. It's dry, tasteless, sometimes marbled (as though there were a flavor differentiation), the one with the gritty, way-too-sweet frosting. The office cake is a horrible way to acknowledge someone’s well-earned anything. It should be the thing your co-worker gets when she makes a huge mistake that costs the company money. “Oh, no! She got the office cake. Dibs on her electric pencil sharpener!”
But I work here. So when there’s something to celebrate, we do it right. We do it with what Chocolate and Chard blogger, Fine Cooking’s own Evan Barbour, calls the “Grace Kelly of cupcakes.” Indeed, her Lemon-Blueberry Buttermilk Cupcakes are a classic, summery flavor combination presented elegantly. When you make these for your co-worker’s birthday or retirement (because you know better than to buy that cake!), do as Evan suggests and “top each with the prettiest blueberries you can find.” That won’t be hard to do right now, and your co-workers will appreciate the effort.